The Year of the Seafarer

20 September 2010, 2:00pm

Today Maritime New Zealand celebrates World Maritime Day. This year’s theme is “2010: Year of the Seafarer”.

World Maritime Day is an annual event of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). IMO and the wider international community are paying tribute to the unique contribution the world’s seafarers make to society and acknowledging the risks and challenges their activities frequently involve.

Altogether, 1.5 million seafarers are engaged in delivering the goods needed by the world’s 6.5 billion people. As well as transporting 90 percent of the world’s trade and shifting 99 percent of New Zealand’s freight, their work keeps communities and nations connected.

This day is used to focus international attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment, or to highlight a particular aspect of the IMO’s work.

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